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Wisdom Teeth - Marietta, GA

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Answering the Wisdom Teeth Question

Woman with wisdom tooth painIt's the question most older teenagers ask with dread at their dental checkups. "Do I need to have my wisdom teeth taken out?" The answer is often yes, but only your dentist can answer this question for you.

Wisdom teeth are the very last molars found on each side of the jaws.The last teeth to erupt, they usually make their appearance sometime between the ages of 16 to 20. Although the typical number is 4, it is also common to have only 1 or 2 wisdom teeth. Because they are the last teeth to come in, many times there is not enough space for them to fit comfortably in your mouth.This can cause the wisdom teeth to become impacted, or stuck under the gums by jawbone and other teeth. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may experience swelling and tenderness in the affected area. If they only partially erupt or grow in crooked, they can cause crowding of the other teeth and even infection.

Teeth that are removed before age 20 are less developed and typically have shorter roots.This can help with a less complicated extraction of the teeth and an easier recovery. For this reason, the American Dental Association recommends that patients have their wisdom teeth evaluated between ages 16 to 19. Your dentist will look inside your mouth and may take a panoramic x-ray to evaluate the position of the teeth. The extraction will either be performed by your dentist or referred to an oral surgeon, who is a specialist in tooth extractions and mouth surgery. He or she will either "put you to sleep" with general anesthesia or numb the area with local anesthetic injections. After the teeth are gone, you will likely be asked to bite down on gauze for a while after the procedure to help stop any bleeding. There may be some discomfort and swelling, but it should only last a few days. Contact the dentist who performed the extraction if your pain, bleeding, or swelling lasts longer or becomes severe, or if you have a fever.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

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Lake Pointe Dental Marietta

1880 W Oak Pkwy, Suite 215
Marietta, GA 30062


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